The Status of Women in Buncombe County, North Carolina

Cynthia Hess, Ph.D., Youngmin Yi

January 15, 2013
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Women in Buncombe County, as in North Carolina as a whole, have made much progress during the last
few decades, yet more remains to be done to elevate women’s status. The majority of women work—
many in professional and managerial jobs—and women are a mainstay of the economic health of their
communities. Yet, there are some ways in which women’s status still lags behind men’s, and not all
women are prospering equally. This briefing paper provides basic information about the status of women
in Buncombe County, focusing on women’s earnings and workforce participation, level of education,
poverty, access to child care, and health status. It also provides background demographic information
about women in the county.